Just 39% of Americans now say the United States needs stricter gun control, as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to review the constitutionality of state and local anti-gun laws.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 50% are opposed to stricter gun control laws, and 11% are not sure.
In March, 43% favored stricter gun control laws. In previous surveys, voters have been narrowly divided on the question.
Men by 23 points oppose stricter gun control laws. Women are evenly divided. Sixty-five percent (65%) of Democrats favor tighter control of guns, but 69% of Republicans and 62% of adults not affiliated with either party disagree.
The Supreme Court starts a new term today, and one of the most important cases on its docket looks at whether the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution takes legal precedence over state and local anti-gun laws. Only 20% of adults believe city governments have the right to prevent citizens from owning handguns.
Sixty-nine percent (69%) disagree and say city governments do not have that right. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided.
Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Republicans, 52% of Democrats and 72% of unaffiliateds say cities do not have the right to ban handgun ownership.